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Duncan Kamakana to perform Sept. 15 in Kailua-Kona

The Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID) will present NBC’s “The Voice” contestant Duncan Kamakana in concert for Kokua Kailua on Sunday, Sept. 15. Kamakana’s free concert will celebrate the half-way point of the month-long Kau Kau Kailua.

Duncan Andrew Kamakanaonakuahiwi Osorio, who uses the stage name Kamakana, graduated from Kamehameha High School. He then spent time in Oregon, California and Michigan honing his musical skills on various projects and attending college. In 2012, he achieved local notoriety when he recorded a Burger King commercial that featured a modified version of the popular song “Fish and Poi.” The commercial helped land him a private audition for NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Producers subsequently chose Kamakana out of 50,000 other contestants and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine chose Kamakana for his team. Building on his roots in Palolo Valley and his national exposure on “The Voice,” Kamakana continues to create his musical legacy.

Kamakana’s free Kokua Kailua concert will be his first concert appearance on Hawaii Island. During Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway from 1 to 6 p.m., with vendors, food and artisans lining the way. Kamakana will perform at 5 p.m. at Emma’s Square. The free concert celebrates Kau Kau Kailua, when Kailua Village Business Improvement District restaurants offer special values throughout the month. Coupons are available for download in advance at and are valid until Sept. 30.

Kau Kau Kailua is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great values and restaurant specials throughout the district. Kona Longboard Lager has joined KVBID as a supporting sponsor of Kau Kau Kailua. Log on to for complete details. Check back often, as restaurants continue to add Kau Kau Kailua values to the site throughout the month, said a spokesman for the coordinating committee.


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